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RB to Introduce “An Update in Miami” to “Keep Surfing on the Top” of the Midfield

“There is nothing guaranteed in this group. I’m sure our competitors will bring updates as well and only if you nail the weekend will you get to that P10," Mekies...

It’s an incredibly tight race for the bottom five F1 teams. None of them have much of a chance to catch the top five, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting tooth and nail for every point that comes their way. They have to give the weekend everything they have, and no two teams have done that better than RB and Haas (shockingly).

RB have scored seven points to Haas’ five, though their double DNF in China, while not their fault, has cost them the ability to extend their lead. To get back ahead of things, the team are introducing a set of updates for the Miami Grand Prix.

“We’ll have an update in Miami to help us try to keep surfing on the top of that very edge,” said RB team principal, Laurent Mekies.

“There is nothing guaranteed in this group. I’m sure our competitors will bring updates as well and only if you nail the weekend will you get to that P10.”

While it definitely feels from a spectator’s point of view that RB have the pace advantage, Mekies is not so sure as the margins between them are so miniscule.

“We have never been confident that we have the quickest car of the five [teams at the back],” said Mekies.

“We got it there by half a tenth in Australia, half a tenth in Japan and we missed it by a tenth and a half in China. In the race, we were probably equal, or if not half a tenth ahead. So we have never had any confidence. It’s a battle every time.

“But it’s a fantastic exercise for everyone. It’s suberb training for the team to execute sharp weekends, and you need a strong race from every perspective.

“It’s only by doing that you will get a point. As soon as one of these elements, be it tyre management, strategy, or anything, falls off the cliff, you will give up that point.”

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